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133224 / 1948 Chevrolet Fleetmaster

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Published on Aug 13, 2012

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This fully-detailed, investment grade Fleetmaster wraps correct Live Oak Green paint and correct Ash and Mahogany trim around a numbers correct drivetrain and a correctly restored tan interior.

The frame-off restoration of this authentic Fleetmaster Woodie was completed in July of this year by well-known car buff Grant Miller and, judging by the quality of its presentation, is a combination of years of skilled bodywork and first-rate carpentry. The expert builders began by fitting the car with correct Ash frames and correct Mahogany panels that, given the nature of 40s manufacturing techniques, likely suit the vintage body much better than its originals. Once that gorgeous woodwork was cut, nailed and varnished, the car's streamlined sheetmetal was covered in a correct and appropriately named coat of GM code 370 Live Oak Green and sealed in a thick clearcoat shell. Today, not even a full month out of its complete nut and bolt tear down, this classic wagon is a high gloss piece of Americana which displays top notch build quality from its traditional chrome hood ornament all the way to its finger-jointed tailgate.

Carefully lift this Fleetmaster's long, heavy hood and you'll find a 216 cubic inch Stovebolt Six that's branded with both a date-correct 3835253 casting number and a date-correct build stamp which translates to the 29,435th (29435) 1948 (F) passenger car (A) engine produced at GM's Flint, Michigan (A) manufacturing facility. At the top of that glossy gray mill, a rebuilt Rochester single throat downdraft carburetor bridges the gap between a vintage AC oil bath air cleaner, a traditional fuel bowl and new stainless fuel lines. At the base of that carburetor, a gloss gray intake manifold bolts between a traditional stamped steel valve cover and a fully restored exhaust manifold. And opposite those manifolds, a new coil jolts a tagged Delco-Remy points distributor and a fresh set of correct black plug wires. At the front of the engine, a correct radiator circulates water past a correct fan through reproduction hoses and old school screw clamps. On the left side of the engine, a freshly rebuilt Delco-Remy generator keeps the charge strong and the fires lit. And on the right side of the engine, a reproduction Delco yellow cap battery sits inside a cool Chevrolet casing.

Behind the date-correct motor you'll find an era-correct 3-speed manual transmission that's been fully rebuilt to provide effortless cruising and good fuel economy. That transmission feeds power to a restored 10 bolt rear end that's packed full of boulevard friendly gears. That fresh drivetrain rides on a correctly rebuilt double A-arm front and rear leaf suspension which makes great use of manual drum brakes. And at the corners of the car, a set of traditional body-matched wheels which spin new 6.00-16 BF Goodrich Silvertown white walls around hand-painted pin stripes and intricately detailed center caps.

Just because this eight passenger wagon was designed for utility doesn't mean its correct GM code 149 tan interior isn't handsome. All three of the firm imitation leather seats are in excellent shape, and when combined with the new rubber floor mat and wood rear cargo deck, contrast nicely against the car's Mahogany door panels and glossy metal dash. Speaking of the dash, this wagon's interface is a combination of killer paint, bright silver trim and classy chrome accents which hangs rebuilt gauges and an authentic seven-day winder clock above a correct Chevrolet radio and matching accessory knobs. The aforementioned door panels are simple mahogany pieces which anchor small padded armrests and new chrome handles inside of bright Ash frames. Overhead, a fully restored wood and vinyl roof is every bit as stylish as it is functional. And in front of the driver a brown steering column spins a wide diameter steering wheel, which is complete with a correct horn ring and an ornate Chevy crest, around a color-keyed shifter and a vintage foot starter.

If you're looking for a unique classic that mixes a high dollar, professional restoration with unmatched style and world class exclusivity, this investment grade Woodie deserves your full attention. Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information on this awesome car!

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